My cynical 14 y.o. sister is convinced the paleo diet is a fad diet/scam/money making deal for Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, etc. We have arguments/debates and when I asked her to read the Primal Blueprint or the Paleo Diet (only paleo books i have) she refused to, saying that all the authors want to do is make money, so they are willing to say anything. She claims she doesn't "believe" in the paleo diet and that it is just a silly fad diet. HEADDESK. Help?
Why does it matter so much to you what she thinks about your diet and that she reads these books? What's the point of getting into these debates, apart from frustrating yourself?
But if you want my advice I would say that I had a similar view to your sister at one point. What got me into Paleo was reading Kurt Harris, Chris Masterjohn, etc. Smart, scientifically-minded writers whose websites didn't suggest that their main goal was to sell books or supplements. I was a few years older though. How scientifically literate is your sister?
Also, I actually think it's a good thing if at 14 she's already skeptical about quick fixes and fad diets and doesn't fall for things easily, even if it's frustrating to you in this instance. Maybe just leave it be?
I say, look at her with a real exhausted look and say "Yeah, what human beings did for 90% of our evolution is totally a FAD. I'm sure all of our ancestors were in it for the money." Then roll your eyes and walk away.
Have you ever considered that she might be right? Communication runs both ways. Like it or not, Paleo diet, as put forward by some Paleo gurus, has all of the trappings of a fad diet.
I think all you can do is lead by example. It doesn't sound like she wants to listen, kind of a requirement for 14-yr. olds, isn't it?
I don't get her money-making argument. I've found so much info online that I haven't spent any money yet on products. The only new people that are getting my money are local farmers.
My 16 year old daughter is getting in to paleo for political reasons. For her paleo is punk and anarchy and rebelling against the system (which beats her going veggie to rebel against me lol). Point out to her how much money is made by big business selling processed and grain based foods. Get her to research the marketing tactics of brands - big ones like Coca Cola. Then perhaps she'll see that the only way to not be suckered by hype, marketing, etc is to eat food that has not been processed and preferably where you can talk to the guy who grew/raised it. Any money being made out of paleo by Mark Sisson or Loren Cordain pales into insignificance compared to that made by the big food processors and brands! Get her to read The Omnivore's Dilemma, Against The Grain, Food Inc, etc. Those books are not selling any diet but exposing the way the SAD is produced. Having read them, of course, its pretty hard not to come to the conclusion that paleo is the only thing that makes sense.
screw mark sisson and crew,
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200251h.html
The Kitava Study http://www.staffanlindeberg.com/TheKitavaStudy.html
By her reasoning we should consider every book ever written on anything a money-making scam because some guys wrote about some stuff that may or may not have been true in order to sell books. The conclusion is that we should refuse to read anything, because it might be a scam. I mean they made evil scary money from it, right?
The correct protocol is to read the book, read a bunch of the references and make up your own mind. More quickly, here is Loren Cordain answering critics of the paleo diet http://robbwolf.com/2011/06/09/us-news-best-diets/
So I dunno, a scam that greatly improves health even in clinical setting which aren't usually indicative of what we do, getting into it and working on it and such.
good luck! but can you blame her? Theres been one fad diet after another, all writing books, making protein bars etc. She sounds smart, and she's probably trying to show you she's smarter too! (speaking from experience with teenage children) But remember she's a teenager, they always pick the opposite end of the conversation spectrum, even if they know they are wrong (skies blue, no its not, its yellow, no its not...)
Best thing you can do is to show her with time and by example and not try to convince her of anything, her loss if she continues to take the other end just for arguments sake.
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